First time to Doral and first time to play the Great White Course. I have played the Greg Norman course in Mission Hills, China, so was interested in the compare. I had heard that it was a very difficult course. I am a 10 handicapper and played from the white tees. Firstly, it is a nice course, but not a great course. It is very open, which reduces the degree of difficulty with no rough to speak of. What makes the course interesting is that it is more like a desert course, because once you get off the fairway, you are on sand and gravel. The course is not for you if you are looking for peace and quiet. The course is directly on the flight path into Miami Airport, so planes are coming directly overhead every 2 - 3 minutes. It didn't bother me as I like watching the aircraft, but may not be for everyone. If I compared the course to Shenzhen, it has all the characteristics of a Norman course, with Greens elevated with severe run offs. The course in Shenzhen is much nicer and much more challenging. The condition of the course was fair to average. I was really surprised at how many unfilled divots there were on the fairways. The Greens roll quite nicely, but in poor condition with lots of Poa growing through, so not very nice to look at. Overall, it was a good day and I enjoyed the experience. I wouldn't rush to return.
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